Published on July 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.  


In less than four weeks we will begin what is sure to be one of the most memorable semesters in Samford’s 179-year history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in significant ways. We are nevertheless looking forward to welcoming you to campus and we are working diligently to prepare for your arrival. You undoubtedly have many questions about the fall, so I want to provide you with our plans.

Just yesterday, Samford released Bring Back the Bulldogs: A Guide for Returning to Campus, a manual that provides you with various processes, procedures and expectations for our campus community during the fall semester. You should read the document carefully as you prepare to come to campus and also refer to it regularly throughout the semester. You will see that extensive work has been performed to mitigate the risks for contracting and transmitting the virus and to make Samford a place of superior learning and personal development in the midst of these challenges.

Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, all Samford students must review and sign the Student Expectations and Assumption of Risks form. To help manage this process, we request that the form be signed and returned by August 24.  Students will not be allowed to remain in fall courses without returning a signed form. Please take a minute to review and sign at your earliest convenience.

If you have questions about the Student Expectations and Assumption of Risks form, or your plans for coming to campus, please contact your graduate program adviser.

If you are a student athlete, please direct your questions about enrollment, financial aid, participation and eligibility to Michelle Durban, Deputy Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Well-Being/SWA.

We understand that because of COVID-19, some of you may prefer to defer your Samford enrollment until the Spring 2021 semester. If so, be sure to contact the One-Stop Office to obtain information about how such a deferral (or taking classes offered by another institution) may impact your ongoing financial aid eligibility. 

The health and welfare of everyone at Samford is a shared responsibility. Living, learning and working together this fall will require discipline and personal responsibility by all of us.

As always, stay up to date with the latest plans to Bring Back the Bulldogs on our Coronavirus website.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


J. Michael Hardin, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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